She may or may not have been aware that she was dating a married man and she may or may not have been out to wreck his marriage but this happened three years ago when she was a teenager. Since then she has been in a long term relationship and is engaged to be married.
It amazes me that ‘news’ about Lara Bingle is in the same newspapers as the article about a landmark court decision that allowed a young girl to successfully seek compensation for being bullied as a child? However, adult bullying is allowed to go on whether it’s bullying via the media, politicians bullying each other, workplace bullying or even bullying amongst our friends and family.
Lara is a 22 year old girl who has made mistakes and she thought she paid for them three years ago. When is the media going to stop their public scalping of Lara? Why don’t they just shave her head and march her down the street like they did with women who collaborated with the Nazis and be done with it?
I wonder what will satisfy the outraged public … until she has a public breakdown or physically harms herself? I cannot imagine any 22 year old being able to cope with the intensity of public outrage and abuse levelled at her over the last few weeks. Seemingly Michael Clarke is on the brink of breaking up with her and his captaincy is threatened by his relationship with her.
Perhaps because of Lara’s lack of commercial success, I don’t see her as a celebrity and therefore I feel more compassion for her as a fellow human being. She’s made some bad choices in life and whether through bad judgement or bad advice, she is still making them. It happens and she’ll look back and think she could have handle things differently.
Unfortunately, I don’t see how bullying by children will stop when they see so many examples of bullying by adults. It seems very fitting then that Lara has decided to give an “undisclosed amount” of the money she was paid for the interview to the White Ribbon Foundation, which has an anti-bullying program.
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